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Lake Placid school superintendent to retire

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania will retire at the end of the school year. The school’s Board of Education accepted a letter announcing his retirement at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Catania has served as the district’s ...

Iced-in loons rescued

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is very pleased to announce that it successfully coordinated a rescue of three adult loons who were iced-in on Lake George. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, local residents and birders contacted Dr. Nina Schoch, the executive ...

Protecting the farmlands

LAKE PLACID — If you live in Essex County and have a relationship with local agriculture, staff members at the county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Lewis want to hear from you. You could be a farmer or farm land owner; a restaurant, catering or food service chef, manager or ...

Bringing a little more Europe to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Imagine you’re in Europe, in a country where American staples like hamburgers are hard to come by. “You’re fine for some time,” said Bogdan Polak, owner of Lake Placid’s Redneck Bistro, who runs their businesses with his wife, Anna. “Then you crave.” In ...

Village absentee ballot applications on the way

LAKE PLACID — Village of Lake Placid voters should see forms to apply for an absentee ballot arrive in the mail next week. Lake Placid Village Board members Tuesday, Feb. 9 voted to pay for prepaid envelopes that will allow the village’s 1,555 registered voters to not only mail back their ...

APA approves Wesvalley Road apartment complex

LAKE PLACID — The state Adirondack Park Agency board unanimously approved a project for a supposedly affordable housing complex on Wesvalley Road at its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 11. MacKenzie Outlook is a proposed apartment building to be constructed by Ardsley-based Regan ...

Wilmington town board member wants to be clerk

WILMINGTON — Shortly before Wilmington’s town council meeting began on Tuesday, Feb. 9, council member Dawn Stevens distributed a letter announcing that she will not seek reelection to the board this fall. She still plans to be on the ballot, though. She is running for town clerk, hoping ...

Less snow than expected

SARANAC LAKE — The air in the clouds stayed a bit warmer than National Weather Service meteorologists had expected, and the North Country got about half as much snow as had been forecast Tuesday morning, with some sleet and freezing rain in the mix as well. The National Weather Service ...

Snowstorm to dump 8-12 inches, disrupt morning commute

A winter storm is supposed to dump 8 to 12 inches of snow on the Adirondacks as it heads northeast from the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters say. Driving to work and school Tuesday morning is not expected to be easy. “Definitely the morning commute is going to be pretty messy,” said Conor ...

Lake Placid schools go remote after 3 test positive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid schools are going remote Friday, Feb. 12 for the half-day of classes left before the Presidents Day holiday after an elementary school student, a middle-high school student and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In a message to ...

Lake Placid expects uptick in tourism for winter break

LAKE PLACID — The outdoors winter recreation industry is gearing up for a busy Presidents Day weekend and week following, amid a year which has seen record numbers of people recreating in the High Peaks during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are preparing for safety on the trail and regarding ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Dani Delaini, Center for Businesses in Transition

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Dani Delaini, of the Adirondack North Country Association, who coordinates the Center for Businesses in Transition, helping entrepreneurs buy small businesses where the owners are planning to retire. Delaini spoke about the free ...

Surviving the silver tsunami … in small business

SARANAC LAKE — As part of the Baby Boomer aging phenomenon dubbed the “silver tsunami,” thousands of small business owners are ready to retire in the North Country. Regional planners say that could have a devastating effect on the economy. If only someone could match entrepreneurs ...

Planning for the future

LAKE PLACID — Members of the North Elba Town Council unanimously approved the hiring of Haley Breen as the town’s first-ever community development director on Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, during their monthly meeting. The next day, she was on the job. Breen was recommended by the Lake ...

Lake Placid candidates set for village elections

LAKE PLACID — The slate of candidates for the upcoming village elections is set, with two people running for mayor, four running for two trustee seats and one running unopposed for justice. The deadline to submit independent nominating petitions was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Village ...

Upper Jay Arts Center launches artist residency program

UPPER JAY — Artist and writer Caitlin Scholl, who grew up in this hamlet, has spent years thinking about ways to launch an artist residency program at the Upper Jay Art Center. The art center and its artistic director, Scott Renderer, have given countless artists the space to hone their ...

Lake Placid seeks input on police reform

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Police Department officials are looking for the community’s input as they and a consulting firm draft police reform legislation for the village in time for a state-mandated spring deadline. People may submit questions, comments and suggestions to Olio Consulting ...

Eric Trump officiated wedding in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Eric Trump, the son of former President Donald Trump, was in Lake Placid with his family last weekend to officiate the wedding of two Trump Organization employees at the Whiteface Lodge hotel. Giavona Pirolo and Mike Vergara were married Saturday, Feb. 6 with Eric ...